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2761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2? PS3? Revolution? PC? Check out the screens... (56k) on: April 29, 2005, 01:59:44 PM
If you go to the Steel Monkey's web site and dig around for pics you will find a staff pic with a very clearly visible PS2 controler.

Not to say that means it is a PS3 game but it is the only piece of console hardware I could find in the shots.

2762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 trailer/video on: April 29, 2005, 12:24:39 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Welcome to 19 hours and 2 minutes ago  :wink:

http://www.consolegold.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5629

Agree on the music.  Hope they keep that theme in the game.  It sounds rather retro but I love it!


Bah!  Your post was buried in the thread announcing the game.  It deserved a whole thread....that's my story and I am sticking to it....
2763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 trailer/video on: April 29, 2005, 02:39:31 AM

Found here



Looks pretty good.  I love hearing the music again.  They were great games.

I hope the next one is as good.
2764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Serenity Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!!! on: April 26, 2005, 08:22:26 PM
That looks pretty cool.  And considering the competion for Sci-fi movies...well it looks incredible.
2765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix E3 lineup on: April 26, 2005, 01:15:59 PM
No real suprises, so fans are doing exactly what they have been....waiting.

I mean, I could care less that they "announced" Dragon Quest 8.  I knew it was coming and I have watched tons of videos for it.  I am just sitting around waiting for it.
2766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wireless controllers - good or bad? on: April 25, 2005, 06:36:28 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "farley2k"
However they are also bigger. I like the Mad Catz for the Xbox becuase it is about the size of the S controller and I like the small size.


You might be thinking of the old Logitech wireless controller, at least as far as the PS2 goes.  The newer model (Precision I think?) is approximately the size of the Dual Shock with some sleeker lines and only takes 2 AA batteries.  

Like I said, I didn't care for the Logitech Xbox version.  In addition to problems with button responses I found it uncomfortable to hold.  Size-wise it seemed comparable to an S-Controller but its layout strained my hand.  Design-wise it was very similar to that supposed Xbox 360 controller picture thats floating around.


I haven't looked for a long time so I am probably thinking of the old one.


I guess I can learn to love any controller (or at least use them).
2767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wireless controllers - good or bad? on: April 25, 2005, 05:48:52 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
What wireless controller are you using?




Let me think.  

PS2 - Predator by ??? (can't remember)
Xbox - Mad Catz one.  


I wondered if the logitech ones were better.  They are twice the price (or more) so I figured they should be.

However they are also bigger.  I like the Mad Catz for the Xbox becuase it is about the size of the S controller and I like the small size.




I hope that the versions which come with the consoles will be as good as the wavebird since they would be first party controllers as well but if MS or Sony goes with an odd manufacturer they could suck.
2768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many hours a week do you watch tv? on: April 25, 2005, 04:55:08 PM
TiVo ruined my TV watching.  It started logically enough.  I stopped caring when shows were on - after all TiVo would have it for me!  However the creep got longer and longer between when it did air and when I watched it.  Sometimes I would have 5-8 episodes TiVoed before I bothered to watch them.

Then it happened.  I realized not only didn't I care if I watched the shows for 5 weeks, I didn't even care if I ever watched them.  So more stuff started sitting on the TiVo, and then started gettting deleted from the TiVo to make room for more stuff I didn't bother to watch.

Now I maybe watch a couple hours a week, but generally only when the Mrs. wants to catch something.
2769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wireless controllers - good or bad? on: April 25, 2005, 04:44:32 PM
Lots of rumors that the next generation of consoles will have only wireless controllers and I wondered how people felt about that (oh and I wanted to give my opinion!)

I am really torn.  I love the freedom it gives to move around, and I like how it makes things look neat around the console/entertainment center but I am just not sold that they are that great.

For example - when playing Onimush 3 I found that I was having a terrible time with some of the combos.  I plugged in my wired controller and the problems were not there.

When playing Shadow Hearts: Covanent I had to do the game thing.  The judgement ring just seemed easier to master with a wired controler.

Most recently I have switched back to a wired controller for Jade Empire.  I was having to hit some of the buttons twice to get my commands to register.  That is really annoying in a fighting (well sort of a fighting) game.

I also had to do the same thing with God of War.  It was just much easier to pull of the combos with a wired controler

I have put in new batteries, but I don't always have a totally clear sight to the machine.  However if you have to have a totally clear view of the console (or the reciever) anyway then how great is it to even have wireless?  Just the range.  


Does this happen to anyone else?  It worries me about the next generation of consoles.
2770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Character Choice on: April 22, 2005, 06:33:34 PM
Quote from: "Rage"

I still dont understand this particular fetish-I hear that in MMOs all the time smile I mean, I kind of get it, but I want my avatar to be a...well, you know, hero like dude since I am theoretically a hero-like dude. Im going to stop talking now.



I think it is the difference between seeing the character as "you" playing in the game or as a character you control playing the game.

If it is you then it is a bit odd to play the opposite gender, but if it is just a character then why not make it as pleasing as possible?
2771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I miss my GBA on: April 19, 2005, 05:30:45 PM
Quote from: "Qbe"

If you have the opportunity, try it.  You might like it too.



I don't know that I will have much choice.  I love playing my GBA in the car (wife driving, me playing) so I will have to try something to play.

The only think about the Pokemon games is that I have the impression they don't have much of a story at all.  It is just collecting and battling.  Fine as far as it goes but I do like a story.
2772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I miss my GBA on: April 19, 2005, 01:12:07 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
There are two RPGs on the horizon - Riviera from Atlus, and Sigma Star Saga (a combination side-scrolling space shooter/RPG!) from Namco, set for release in June and July, respectively.  There's also Pokemon Emerald at the end of this month.


I must admit I have never played any of hte Pokemon games..and I don't know if I am desprite enough to do so yet.
2773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I miss my GBA on: April 18, 2005, 09:36:39 PM
Well I supose since it is just sitting there I shouldn't say I miss it but I do miss having anything to play on it.  

I cannot believe what a drought my little GBA is facing.  

Sure there are some kids games, platform games, and some videos but as a person who loves RPGs and strategy games I am pretty much forced to shelve my GBA until (fingers crossed) that X-com type "Rebelstar"



Not to change the subject in my own post but is it just me or is Nintendo just pissing away their consoles?  No Cube games this month, little on the horizon for the DS and the above mentioned scarcity of GBA stuff.  

What is going on?  

It is like the announced the new Zelda game and like the groundhog went back into their hole.
2774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great Bioware Site - Bloopers and Outtakes from Jade Empire on: April 18, 2005, 05:53:36 PM
I think this is why I love this company!  

Bloopers and Outtakes from Jade Empire.

Just fun stuff.  Well worth registering.
2775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: April 18, 2005, 05:49:04 PM
I just don't understand why I must be at work while such a perfect game is at home waiting for me to come back to it.


I just hit Chapter 2 and I am just blown away by how perfect I find this game.  I can see why people might not like it and I see a lot of things I would want to see in JE 2 but for that doesn't change the fact that every moment I am playing is bliss and every moment away is suffering.

I just haven't been this blown away for a long long time.  I just pray that it keeps up until the end.
2776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War - why do they piss away a great game?!!! on: April 16, 2005, 09:51:32 PM
I will admint that anger was geting the best of me when I posted.  It doesn't really make the game crap but it is certainly stupid.

I don't even think it is becuase of how difficult it is (although I think it is tough) It is because of how they changed how the game worked.

Up till that point at almost any point with sections like that there were save points before and after so that players didn't have to do those difficult parts over and over.  

They never had a really tough monster fight followed by some platform puzzle without a save.  

I will probably get by it later tonight but I no matter what I feel that the section is very different in tone and design than the rest of the game.
2777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War - why do they piss away a great game?!!! on: April 16, 2005, 07:17:50 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote
I also have to say that this kind of crap at the end of the game really makes me wonder if reviewers really finish games. It is a very good game but those sections are worth some points off. And even if you can live with that it doesn't even really show up in reviews as something mentioned.


Maybe reviewers didn't find it as difficult as you did?



have you played the section?

It isn't about difficulty.  It  is about stupid design decissions which don't match the rest of the game at all.  

Such a major shift in the basic game mechanics should be noted even if it is a section the reviewer gets by quickly.
2778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War - why do they piss away a great game?!!! on: April 16, 2005, 06:45:08 PM
What is the matter with developers?  I just got the the spinning tower blades of utter crap and I have to say the last few sections of the game have just been utter crap.

The stupid section with the spikes that come up from the ground and kill you and destroy the box to get get the necklace.  The dumb ass crap in Hades.

Why after such great sections, such fun, fun boss fights to they piss the whole game away with stupid sections?

It just isn't fun and it really has ruined the game experience for me.  

I tried getting up the spinning blade for a long time but after falling 30-40 times when even the smallest pixel of the blades touched me I just said screw it.

I don't even care if I finish the game.  Maybe I will pick it up in a few days but right now I am just so freaking pissed I can't even stand to look at the game.



I also have to say that this kind of crap at the end of the game really makes me wonder if reviewers really finish games.  It is a very good game but those sections are worth some points off.  And even if you can live with that it doesn't even really show up in reviews as something mentioned.
2779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: April 15, 2005, 02:42:42 PM
Quote from: "AttAdude"
My one real bitch about the game is the blocking animation. I think the shield thing is a total cop out. They should have carried the animation one step farther and made the character block like a normal martial artist. The shield would be fine when you are blocking and ice dart for instance, but when some one kicks to my head i wanna see my character block high. I would really have liked it if the combat worked out more like what the Matrix online looks like. The glowing shiled thing is is just so artificial.


I agree.  The shield is fine for magical/unnatural attacks but for real life stuff their should be real life blocks.  However after seeing how much movement capture they already did for the moves I have to say I am willing to let it slide.


Oh, and kudos on using capitalization and punctuation.  It is much easier to read your stuff when it is properly punctuated.
2780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OurColony.net Challenge - Sign Up/Discuss - Xbox 360 related on: April 15, 2005, 02:28:22 PM
I am not sure my brain can wrap around this new marketing.  I is just so freaking confusing!
2781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else receive 2 Jade Empires from Overstock.com...? on: April 14, 2005, 11:11:57 PM
And there seems to be no sense to it.  I ordered after ATB (since I found out from his post about the price) but they didn't cancel mine!

Very strange company.
2782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else receive 2 Jade Empires from Overstock.com...? on: April 14, 2005, 01:51:28 PM
Mine is still "In process" which means squat to me.  I want it shipping by now.  

(edited) It is shipping now.  I have the USPS tracking number.  I guess I should be happy since I got it cheap but I just want to have it *now*(edit)

Actually I think I will just cancel it myself.  My Gamestop has copies of the LE in and it is only $4 more and I won't have to wait for shipping.  



Everytime I pre-order I end up regretting it.  Not because of order issues (like them canceling the order) but because I see the game sitting on store shelves while my order is still shipping.  I hate that.


Of course Overstock doesn't allow cancelations!

Quote
Can I cancel an order?

Orders cannot be cancelled once the checkout process has been completed.

    * Due to our commitment to process orders quickly, once the checkout process is completed our warehouse is immediately notified to pick and pack the order for shipment.
    * We regret any inconvenience that this may cause you.
    * If you have already completed the checkout process, and no longer need the item you ordered, please view our Return Policy.



So they have no problem canceling yours but you can't do it yourself!  Now that is just rude.
2783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Design seen? on: April 13, 2005, 09:10:41 PM
"Xbox 360 - Come full circle"  

"Xbox 360 - Really, going nowhere."

"Xbox 360 - One revolution, back to the start"

"Xbox 360 - Back where we started"





I don't know I can't see the great ads for the 360.
2784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Revenge Of The Sith (1337 subtitles) on: April 13, 2005, 06:25:28 PM
LOL
2785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / the nerve of some people. on: April 13, 2005, 06:07:29 PM
Well, I bet you feel lucky you are moved! smile

Seems like a cultural thing, I don't think she meant to be nasty any more than you did.  After all from her side you guys were pretty rude.  You made it very hard for them to sell the house since weekend showings are by far the way most people look at homes.  

I don't think you were wrong - legally but when people start pulling out the technicallities of the law well usually that isn't very helpful.  Basically you refused to compromise and help them out - which you were within your rights to do - but it isn't very nice either.
2786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 13, 2005, 02:26:21 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote
Long gone are the days of the 100 hour RPG.


Err...not quite.

Ever hear of Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion?


No, what's that?  Is that part of a series?
2787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 13, 2005, 01:42:56 PM
Quote from: "Scoop20906"
I think it's pretty funny how spoiled gamers and developers have become. We expect the end all be all game for everyone for almost every title.

I remember when I was LUCKY in the old days to get ONE game a year that was really awesome. ONE A YEAR.  :shock:

Now I expect to get at least 5 to 6 awesome games a year. The funny thing is the developers are putting out great games. Some aren't for me, some are. We are really lucky we get this much quality and attention these days. I know we pay for it but still, we are lucky.



Sort of true, but there was also a day when getting one really great movie a year was lucky.  Once movies became big business/mainstream though that changed.

Gaming is a multi-billion dollar business now so it isn't exactly stretching the envelope to expect several good games a year.  


Don't get me wrong, I agree "We are really lucky we get this much quality and attention these days" but I also don't think that is unreasonable.
2788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 12, 2005, 07:47:28 PM
Quote from: "Booner"
Quote from: "jersoc"
By ebgames called, they'll have it around 6. I cant wait. its going to be a long 4 hours.


Ditto.  smile


So how long until it is available as a torrent?  :lol:

Sorry...
2789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 11, 2005, 11:50:02 PM
Wow.  They hated it.  After reading the Gamespot review I see no reason they should have given it an 8.4.  If everything they say is true it is; short, simplistic, has bad combat, and has framerate issues.

Sometimes you just wonder how/why they spend so much of the review bashing it and then give it a score which they consider "great"
2790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 07, 2005, 05:27:28 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
I got halo 2 the Friday after it came out so I that puts shipping at 3-4 days depending on when the mailed it.

As I'm in no hurry, it could take the full 15 and I wouldn't care.  I think that number is just a pad though...



I am not in a big rush either, but sooner is always better.


I went ahead and ordered from them.  For $10 I can wait a couple days if I must.
2791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 07, 2005, 03:34:26 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
Just cancelled my preorder at EB....

...And then preorderd at Overstock for 45 bucks for the LE (yes they're charging an extra $1 and change for the LE, but it's still cheaper than any place else for a prebuy!

This number one on my most anticipated, but I'm planning to finish POP:WW before taking this on...BTW- POP:WW is, despite my initial reaction, quite amazing.



They say that shipping may be 2-15 days which seems a bit long.

Has anyone had any experience with them and how fast they ship?
2792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / could you 'go' in this toilet? on: April 04, 2005, 07:31:48 PM
Oh yeah!  I would love it!  


Seriously I wouldn't have a problem with it.
2793  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory banner on: March 31, 2005, 03:00:14 AM
I haven't had much trouble here but it makes going to any IGN site impossbile...well scrolling through them.

I wasn't sure it was that ad but it is the only consistent thing.
2794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rebelstar Tactical Command coming to GBA on: March 30, 2005, 10:51:08 PM
I am giddy with excitement!  Now I just pray it will not be like D&D - Eye of the Beholder.  I was all pschyed for a real D&D game and got ....well crap.

This game has me feeling the same way about a real Xcom type game (probably Xcome lite I know)


Oh and the important thing from teh article

"Developed by Codo Technologies Ltd, "Rebelstar Tactical Command" is scheduled to ship in August 2005."
2795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF 7 on PSP? on: March 30, 2005, 01:20:01 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "RamPanther"
The manager at my local EB said that Advent Children was NOT coming to America, based in part on the extremely poor revenues of the original Final Fantasy movie in the United States.

I hope he's wrong. (Although you could still import since UMDs are not region locked)


He's wrong. It'll be here.  The poor revenue for the FF movie was a major financial blow to Square but they have nothing to lose releasing it here- they only need to pay for localisation.  It may not get a theatrical release but a UMD/DVD release is a guaranteed money maker.


Well unless it is going to be in English everywhere they would have the cost of good actors.  That can be expensive.
2796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Small gripe about GoW's story (Possible Spoilers) on: March 29, 2005, 04:58:48 PM
Thanks for putting the SPOILER in the title.  

I am glad I am not the only one who noticed that.




I love the action but I prefer the chracters in Onimusha (the only other game like this I have really played and enjoyed).  Maybe Kratos will grow on me but mostly I am pretty happy he seems to die in the opening cutscene.
2797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Small gripe about GoW's story (Possible Spoilers) on: March 29, 2005, 02:40:27 PM
Ok, I know they want to portray Kratos as a soulless evil guy but they are just stupid about it.  In the first area with the Hydra Kratos lets the guy with the key die becuase "he didn't come back to save him!"  he was just after the key


It is just silly.  They put in the scene with the captain to make Kratos look evil, souless and mean - but the motivation for him being there at all was to get the key so he could be helpful, and kind.  


But why did he want the key?  It was to save people.  So Kratos's actions make no sense.  He heartlessly lets the guy die, so he can try to go save other people?  So he is heartless to half the people and despritely trying to save the other half....for no reason.


Anyway I am enjoying the action and the pretty graphics but the story (at least so far) is what a 14 year old would make up.
2798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Does anyone here even have a DS? I have some ?? PSP too! on: March 28, 2005, 06:19:41 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
Just do like I do - wait until there are some games that are really worth the cost of entry for either system.  As you might guess, right now, I don't own either smile


The voice of logic!  How dare you!!  

Although I must admit that I why I haven't bought either of them yet.  For me it is going to be the RPGs.  I haven't seen yet which system will really bring out good RPGs.  And I don't mean "action" RPGs like Untold Legends either - I mean real RPGs. smile

The nice thing about waiting is I have all these other folks who rush out and figure out the problems with the system before I buy it.
2799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 25, 2005, 09:30:18 PM
I went out last night and picked this up.  How could I resist the pull of the forum.  Besides it is going to stay a PS2 exclusive so I didn't have to wait and see if an Xbox version was announced.  


I only got to play a few minutes but so far I am loving it.  Now I just need to get more time to play.
2800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 24, 2005, 09:37:32 PM
Quote from: "Rage"

Farleybarnstormer: I take it you haven't picked up GOW yet? If not, let me throw out a few points. I tend to like these action games in limited quantities. I loved the original DMC and was able to get through it with a little frustration. I thought Ninja Gaiden's camera angles, 2x2 foot rooms with 78 ninjas and absurd difficulty was not fun at all. I liked the cheese and relative ease (and rhymes) of the Onimusha series.

God of War seriously takes everything good out of every action game ever and puts it together. The controls are flawless and intuitive. The combat/combo system IS somewhat basic, but with my blades of chaos now upgraded to level 3, I have like 7-8 fairly simple combo moves to use that require a few simple button presses, and look and sound like an oiled up, naked, recently shaved Elisha Cuthbert. They are hot, sexy, and cool.

Kratos is an awesome protagonist, utterly unforgiving in his brutality and self-absorption. His quest for redemption for "past sins" is that much more ironic by the fact that he continues to treat the random people of Greece as so much cattle. Anyways, I am only...3.5 hours in? So, I dont want to overstate the lasting appeal of the game. But its good. I suggest getting it.



I added some bold for the interesting part.....


Anyway, I haven't picked it up yet but the forum effect is gripping me hard.
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